Chad Billingsley (2-2, 5.06) vs. Rodrigo Lopez (1-1, 4.14).
COMMENTS: It was an Iron Man kind of weekend:
- "Iron Man 2" (capsule review: great start, disappointing finish) made $133.6 million.
- Iron Man Shogun Rua needed only 3:35 to KO the previously undefeated Lyoto Machida to take the UFC light heavyweight championship.
- Clayton Kershaw threw 73 of his 117 pitches for strikes, going an Iron Man-esque eight innings in which he allowed two hits and struck out nine.
Question is, can Billingsley follow Kershaw's smash with a worthy sequel performance of his own? Or will Arizona's bats right-hook him out of the game? Although Billingsley allowed four runs in the first inning of his last start, he stopped the bleeding and managed to make it through the dreaded sixth inning. The Diamondbacks just got swept by the Brewers, allowing 26 runs in the process. The situation is ripe. Here's hoping Chadley can say to the Snakes, "You complete me!"*
*Not even in the movie, by the way.